Masterclasses 2023

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August 20th to August 27th 2023

Handel and his environment

George Frideric Handel is the prototype of the European in the music of the late Baroque. Raised in the Protestant cantorial milieu of Halle, his first opera experiences at the Hamburg opera house on the Gänsemarkt, a favorite of high Catholic dignitaries in Rome and close contact with the exponent of the Italian style Arcangelo Corelli, an opera composer in the fiercely competitive music market of the world metropolis of London, yet always closely linked to Italy, Germany and France, and finally celebrated in England as a musical national hero, he was the absolute global player of the music scene of the Western world.

His “environment” can hardly be put into words, he was at least well acquainted with the top singers, instrumentalists and composers of his time, partly envied and enmity, partly close friends, mostly highly respected, admired, revered.

After his death, the enthusiasm for his music never waned; Mozart and Beethoven were his fans. Even today, his heartbreaking arias are international hits that are impossible to resist.

So the repertoire for the 2023 master classes is hard to keep track of. Especially in the field of opera, oratorio and cantata, Handel’s oeuvre is inexhaustible. A virtuoso clavier player, Handel also left behind significant harpsichord and organ music. His sonatas for recorder, violin, traverso and oboe are rather occasional works, but nevertheless very expressive and demanding, also in the continuo parts. The music of Handel’s colleagues from Italy, Germany and France round out his instrumental works. Corelli, Geminiani, Sammartini, Bach, Pisendel and Blavet are representative of many. Throughout his life, Handel had a special connection with Telemann, to whom he was a subscriber and whom he honored by musical quotations, the so-called “borrowing”.

At the master classes of Vielklang 2023, therefore, there is an infinite number of sounds to be made for musicians of most baroque instrumental subjects and especially for singers. Dancers, too, will find ample terrain in Handel’s work.

New Faculty Members

Midori Seiler|Valer Barna-Sabadus

For the eleventh time, the vielklang Academy with Master Classes for Historical Au.ührungspraxis (August 20-27) will take place in picturesque Tübingen.

Prof. Werner Matzke (MH Trossingen) is again the artistic director in 2023. The focus this year will be music by Handel and his almost inexhaustible environment. We are pleased to welcome two new lecturers, Prof. Midori Seiler (violin) and Valer Barna-Sabadus (voice).

The courses are aimed at music students and alumni who want to learn more about historical performance practice in the field of early music.

Passive participation is also possible. Excerpts from the works performed will be presented to the public in several concerts.

The courses take place on historical instruments in historical tunings (415 Hz). It is expressly desired that the participants also bring their own literature. In addition to solo lessons, the emphasis is on chamber music in all possible instrumentations. There are also workshops and lectures on various topics, as well as body work, especially geared to the needs of female musicians.



Registration deadline: August 5th, 2023.

Registration is possible through one of these three ways:
by mail
vielklang e. V. c/o Academy
Ebertstrasse 23
D-72072 Tübingen

or by e-mail

or on

The registration must contain
– signed registration form
– repertoire list
– a copy of the confirmation of payment of the registration fee.
This amount is not refundable in case of cancellation.

Course duration
20 to 27 August 2023.

Participation fees
active participation 700€/450€ reduced*

For registration a registration fee of 100%€ is to be transferred, which is not included in the participation fees. For early bookers before June 1 the fee is reduced to 50€, for “last minute” registrations after July 25 the fee increases to 150€.

Please transfer the participation fees by August 15th at the latest.

All participants are entitled to individual lessons, and chamber music lessons will be offered whenever possible. Participants have free admission to all

concerts (with the exception of the Bach’n’Breakfast matinees).

* Reduction for students, apprentices and schoolgirls up to 35 years. Discount for students up to two years after their last graduation, apprentices, up to 35 schoolgirls.

Account data

vielklang e. V.
Kreissparkasse Tübingen
IBAN: DE50 6415 0020 0002 3689 53

Transfer reference:
(vielklang academy 23 – masterclass / first name / last name)


Arrival must be on August 20 by 3 pm. Departure is on August 28th in the course of the day – those who would like to come earlier or stay longer are welcome.

Masterclass lecturers


Accommodation is not included in the course fee and must be organized individually. We will be happy to assist in organizing accommodation.

Please contact Dr. Magdalene Geiger-Thiedemann There is the possibility to stay for free or for 10 €/night with members of the vielklang association.


In 2023, we will be able to award some scholarships for master class tuition. There will be both full and half scholarships.

All interested parties can apply until July 1, 2023. The scholarship recipients will be selected by a jury according to both economic and artistic criteria. The application is open to everyone.

This is what the application must contain.
– 20 m in . Video/audio with two different sentences
– Application letter and curriculum vitae Deadline: July 1st 2023

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